Go For A POV Ride In The Halo-Equipped Mercedes W09 F1 Car

Even though we’re certain that pretty much any professional race car driver could get used to driving with the Halo protection system, our initial impression is that it looks very obtrusive.

Behind the wheel of this new Mercedes W09 racer is no other than Valtteri Bottas, who got to sample the car ahead of his teammate and four-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes claims that its contender for the 2018 season is its fastest F1 car it has ever created – and we have no reason to doubt them.

The subject of this video however is the visual from inside the race car’s cockpit, where Bottas’ helmet cam helps us envision what it would be like to drive the latest F1 Merc.

While we don’t see a problem with the Halo in the corners, as there’s plenty of lateral visibility, if you look straight ahead, wouldn’t your visibility be ever so slightly impeded?

Of course, the teams have probably figured all these things out during the testing phase, so we probably shouldn’t be too worried about drivers smashing into each other in a straight line. So just sit back and enjoy the view from the cockpit of one of this year’s title favorites.

  • Bo Hanan

    All the fuss from drivers when the halo became required seems futile. They don’t appear to block any view. And all you need is to need it 1 time.

  • Vassilis

    Although the driver’s eye line is lower than the camera, this seems extremely annoying.

  • Tinky-Winky

    To get a better perspective, put your finger in front of you and look into the distance. Your finger will become blurred and it won’t block much of your view. The same goes for halo, it’s the camera that always keeps it focused and creates an illusion that the driver can’t see sh*t. F1 drivers don’t seem to be bothered by the halo so besides the general looks the rest of us shouldn’t complain about the halo either.

    • McF1

      Interesting. Thanks for that.

  • Maricaibo

    F1: Open wheels, open cockpit.
    QED

  • Erzhik

    The “windshield” design from RedBull was much better as it protected the cabin completely and looked better too. I understand how Halo would protect from large debris, but what if there is a tiny part flying from the angled side?

  • FlameWater

    It’s only a matter of time before this costs someone a race

  • fabri99

    I think we’re being a little too dramatic here. LMP1 cars have awful view from the inside and yet race drivers manage not to crash every ten seconds. It may take some getting used to, but in the end it you’ll even stop noticing the halo is there.

  • TheHake

    It will certainly take some getting use to when looking for your braking point.

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